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GAMA unveils 2022 leadership
The GAMA executive committee has been elected by the board of directors during its autumn board meeting. The 2022 team will provide leadership for the association and lead its policy committees.
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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has announced its executive committee leadership team for 2022. It is comprised of members of GAMA's board of directors, who provide strategic leadership for the association and lead its policy committees.

Michael Amalfitano, president and CEO at Embraer Executive Jets, will serve as chair of the board. Previously, Amalfitano served as vice chair and chair of the communication committee.

Eric Hinson, CEO at SimCom International, will serve as vice chair. Previously Hinson served as chair of the safety and accident investigation committee.

Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher's aircraft division and CEO of Daher Aircraft and Kodiak Aircraft, will serve as immediate past chair. Chabbert served as GAMA's 2021 chair of the board and previously chaired the safety and accident investigation committee.

Daniel Baker, founder of FlightAware and strategic advisor to Collins Aerospace, will serve as chair of the safety and accident investigation committee. The committee works to analyse policies, industry standards and regulatory activities related to proactive safety improvements and aircraft accident investigation. This will be Baker's first time serving on the executive committee; he has served on GAMA's board of directors since 2018.

JoeBen Bevirt, founder and CEO of Joby Aviation, and Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX, will continue to serve as co-chairs of the electric propulsion and innovation committee (EPIC). The committee works to create an environment conducive to efficient design, production, operation, integration and maintenance of hybrid and electric propulsion aircraft, including eVTOLs.

Henry Brooks, president of power and controls at Collins Aerospace, will serve as chair of the security issues committee. The committee works to establish best practices for general aviation security and engages with government agencies on security policies and regulatory requirements. This will be Brooks' first time serving on the executive committee. He has served on GAMA's board of directors since 2017.

David Coleal, CEO of Incora, will extend his term as chair of the airworthiness and maintenance policy committee. The committee works with authorities to promote appropriate regulations and policies for maintenance and repair stations. Previously, Coleal served as chair of the environment committee.

Maria Della Posta, president of Pratt & Whitney Canada, will continue to serve as chair of the communications committee. The committee works to promote the general aviation industry and its benefits to the global economy and air transportation system.

Tony Lefebvre, CEO of Signature Aviation, will extend his term as chair of the environment committee. The committee works to develop and represent the industry's views on public policy affecting aviation related environmental issues worldwide, including CO2 emissions reductions, sustainable aviation fuels, supersonic aircraft and updates to the Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change.

Jeff Trang, vice president of engineering and flight operations at Airbus Helicopters, will continue to serve as chair of the technical policy committee. The committee works with authorities on continuous improvement of certification and validation processes and to develop and implement effective standards and technical policies pertaining to the design, certification, validation and production of general aviation products and components.

David Van Den Langenbergh, president of aviation services at Luxaviation Group, will continue to serve as chair of the European leaders steering committee. The committee engages with senior European politicians and policymakers to advocate for the interests of general aviation in Europe, including regulatory changes, policy initiatives and communications strategies. Previously, Van Den Langenbergh served as chair of the airworthiness and maintenance policy committee.

Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight, will again serve as chair of the flight operations policy committee. The committee works to ensure that an adequate air transportation infrastructure is available for general aviation and addresses impediments to operations of general aviation aircraft.

Chuck Wiplinger, president and CEO of Wipaire, will extend his term as chair of the policy and legal issues committee. The committee tracks, analyses and responds to legal developments, litigation trends and policies presenting business and legal risks or opportunities to general aviation manufacturers. Previously, Wiplinger served as chair of the technical policy committee.

The GAMA executive committee was elected by the board of directors during its autumn board meeting.

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